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Nigeria Approves New Women Economic Empowerment Policy Mainstreaming Equality in Nation-Building

The new WEE policy would help bring about optimal development in the country. (Photo: WIMBIZ/Twitter)

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved an empowerment policy for women in the country. The Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, who disclosed this to State House correspondents, on Wednesday in Abuja, expressed the hope that the new policy, WEE, would help bring about optimal development in the country.

She said: "The Federal Executive Council approved the WEE Policy. The WEE Policy is Women Economic Empowerment. It is a policy dialogue that we've been working on for over one year".

"We've traversed all around the country to the 36 states, having dialogues with the private sector, rural dwellers, to find the best way to empower women and get them into the mainstream of nation-building.

"You'll agree with me that women constitute over 50 per cent of the population and the surest way to national development is to involve the total population of the country.

"If 50 per cent of the population is neglected, it means the country cannot develop optimally; it's like a country walking with one leg."

The minister, who thanked President for giving his nod for the policy to be birthed, noted that it had been a long-time dream to have such a policy in place because of the importance of women in the society.

"This has been a dream we've been pursuing - to help get women into the mainstream of financial plans to ensure that women are carried along in nation building," she added.

Source: Premium Times


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